A giant python was on Wednesday morning shot dead on Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni’s Kisozi farm in Gomba District just hours before he celebrated his 72nd birthday.
The snake was shot by the farm guards as it reportedly tried to attack the president’s cattle.
The incident comes barely two weeks after three people including a farm warden were arrested on allegations of stealing Museveni’s cattle.
Gomba Police chief, Doreen Kachwo told the media that the three suspects, one of whom works at the farm were caught with three cows from the farm.
The president’s huge Kisozi farm is located in Gomba district, central Uganda, about 100 kilometres west of Kampala, and boasts long-horned cows traditionally herded by the president’s ethnic Banyankore tribe.
He likes to take visiting heads of state and foreign dignitaries there for talks and excursions.
Museveni, who has ruled Uganda for three decades, was born into a family of cattle farmers and has often said he would happily return to the farm should he lose his political office.
He was re-elected for a fifth term in office in February.
His rival Kizza Besigye rejected the result, accusing the president’s people of massive fraud.